Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sepia Saturday 119 : Work

My  Nana, Alice Cocklin at her work Station at the Cheerio Toy's and Game Company in Canada about 1953. I'm not sure what the details
of her job were there or how long she worked for the Company. I never thought to ask about her jobs  or life before I was born, I thought that there would always be time for questions, that she would always be with us, sadly I was very wrong.

At one time The Cheerio Toy Company was one of the largest Yo-Yo manufactures. You can read about some of the companies history here.

In the photo to the right and below my sister and my mom's step dad are wearing their Cheerio Champ shirts.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Amanuensis Monday~ Extract Inventory and Personal Estate of William Watson

Amanuensis Monday – An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.
  Extract Inventory 
William Watson


At Aberdeen the Fourth day of April in the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-six In presence of John Guthrie Smith, Esquire, Advocate, Commissary of the County of Aberdeen. Compeared George Grant, Advocate in Aberdeen, as Procurator, and gave in the Inventory of the Personal Estate of the after designed now William Watson and oath thereon under written, and craved that the same might be insert and registered in the Commissary Court Books of Aberdeenshire, in terms of the Act of Parliament passed in the forty-eighth year of the reign of his Majesty  George the Third, chapter one hundred and forty-nine, entitled  "An Act for repealing the Stamp Duties on " Deeds, Law Proceedings, and other written or printed " Instruments, and the Duties on Legacies, and succession "to Personal Estate upon Intestacies, now payable in " Great Britain: and for granting new duties in lieu "thereof,: and subsequent Acts: which request the Commissary foresaid found reasonable, and ordained the same to be done accordingly, and of which Inventory ( the principal being written on paper stamped according to law) 
the Tenor follows, namely:- 

Inventory of the personal Estate wheresoever situated of William Watson, farmer, Middle Ironside, Parish of New Deer, who died there on the 10th December 1875. Scotland .

Personal Property
1. Cash in house at the deceased's death £ 13.
2. The deceased's house furniture, wearing, wearing apparel, farming implements, cattle, horses born and fodder, on the farm of Middle Ironside
aforeside conform to Inventory and valuation thereof taken by Andrew Lorge, Licensed auctioneer and appraiser at Peeld Egg New Deer dated the 24th December 1875. £482.66
 Amount of Personal Estate £495.66
(signed) Hellen Watson -John Joiner ~
Follows tenor of Executors oath namely; at New Deer the thirty first day of March Eighteen hundred and seventy six; In presence of John Joiner Esquire one of her Majestys Justices of the peace for the county of Aberdeen compeared Mrs. Hellen Center or Watson residing at Middle Ironside Parish of New Deer Executors dative qua Relict of the deceased William Watson, farmer at Middle Ironside aforesaid, who being solemnly sworn and interrogated deprones that the said deceased William Watson died at Middle Ironside afore said on or about the Tenth day of December Eighteen hundred and Seventy five, and the deponent has entered upon the possession and management of his personal and moveable estate as Executive dative qua Relict of the said deceased. That the deponent does not know of any Testamentary settlement or writing relative to the disposal of the deceased's personal Estate or effects or any part thereof. That the foregoing Inventory signed by the deponent and the said John Joiner Esquire Justice of the Peace aforesaid as relative hereto is a full complete inventory of the Personal estate and effects of the said deceased William Watson wheresoever situated and belonging or due to him beneficially at the time of his death in so far as the same has come to the Deponent’s knowledge. That the deponent does not know of any money or property belonging to the deceased liable to the duty imposed by the Acts 23 Vict. C. 15 and 23 and 24 Vict C. 80. That the value at this date of the said personal estate and effects situated in the United Kingdom on which no proceeds have accrued is above Four Hundred and fifty pounds and and Six hundred pounds sterling. All which is truth as the deponent shall answer to God. ( Signed) Hellen Watson- John Joiner J.P_ Extracted on these five pages by me Commissary Clerk Of Aberdeenshire.

4th April 1876
The Personal Estate
William Watson
Amount £ 495.66
Stamp   15.00

** Note: William Watson 3rd Great Grandfather.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday's Obituary~David Christie

Cairns Post 1948
Cairns Post
Tuesday 03 August 1948

Waterside Worker Collapses
 A waterside worker, David Christie (43), residing at 22 Sheridan-Street, collapsed immediately after finishing work at the Cairns wharves at mid-night last night, and died before reaching the hospital.  He was married man, with one daughter.

Cairns Post 1948
Cairns Post
 Wednesday 04 August 1948
The funeral of Mr. David Christie, who died suddenly about midnight
on Monday, will take place from his residence, 22 Sheridan-Street, at 12:15 p.m. to-day.  Deceased who was aged 44, was a waterside worker. Besides his widow he is survived by a daughter, aged six.

David Christie (Christian) 1st Cousin 3X removed.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sepia Saturday~ Going Out

 At the Train Station in 1937

Aunt Joan, Nana, and my mom, taken about 1937. 
 I believe the photo on the left is at the Neustadt Train station in Canada. My Mom and Aunt would have been arriving there to spend the summer with Mr. and Mrs. Griffth their sponsor family. This was a summer trip that was provided through a program to children in their home town. My Mom and Aunt would make this trip for several summers always staying with the Griffth Family.

Outside the Neustadt Hotel with Mrs. Griffth.


Monday, March 12, 2012

On This Day ~ March 12,1967

45 years ago today we lost you, in a blink of an eye you were gone from our lives. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you or feel you standing beside me or hear you say "Have I told you lately that I love you". I only had you in my life for 10 short years, but you taught me so much, what a gift you had to make everyone whose life you touched feel special and loved. I miss your laugh mom, your crazy sense of humor, you could always make a bad day into a bright one. Your bedtime stories and songs have been passed down to your Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, I have shared every memory I have of you with them so they would know what a beautiful loving Grandmother they have. I love you and Miss you.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday's Obituary- Catherine Christie

Cairns Post February 01,1926
 There passes away at a private hospital in Cairns on
Saturday, at mid-day, Mrs. C. Christie, wife of Mr. Sam
Christie, a very well known citizen of this town. The deceased  lady was a native of Sydney and leaves a grown up family, who are well-known in Cairns.  The funeral moved from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Watson, Sheridan Street, yesterday ( Sunday) afternoon, and was largely attended.  The Rev. Father Moran conducted the last sad rites at the McLeod-Street Cemetery.  The floral tributes were from- Her Loving Husband, Her loving Children, Millie, Jim and Grand-children: Mr. Albert Bowen. Mr. and Mrs. Mihiliades ( New Market Hotel) Elsie Lawson, Mr. and Mrs. Jaflandera and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. Valli and family, Mr. and Mrs. G. Allison, Mr. and Mrs. Dingwall and family. Mr and Mrs. Larsen and family, Mrs. A. Block and family, Mr. and Mrs. Souter and family, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brabon and family, Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Graham and family, Mrs. Bowen (Townsville), Mr. and Mrs. C. Brabon, Mr. and Mrs Mrs. J. Hipworth, Mr. and Mrs. C. Ollson, Mr. and Mrs. Pearce and family, Mrs. B. Ollson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hipworth, Mr. and Mrs. J. O'Neil and family. The funeral arrangements were carried out by H. M. Sveudsen Ltd.

Catherine Close Christie (Christian) wife of my Great Great Uncle Samuel T. Christie (Christian

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Sunday’s Obituary ~ John Imlah Of Chicago

 Chicago Tribune
November 10, 1963
John Imlah,beloved husband of Helen Imlah,nee Lincoln; dear father of John Jr.,Kenneth D.,David A., and James E. Imlah; grandfather of 5; brother of William,Alex,Mary Imlah,Isabelle Fiske and Flora Forrester.Resting at Williams funeral home,12 Lake St Oak Park. Service Tuesday, 1 p.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

On this Day in Aberdeen Scotland 1905

1905 Record of Death for Alexander Fraser
Alexander Fraser  the husband of my Great Great Aunt, Elizabeth Smith,died on March 03 1905 in Aberdeen Scotland. The above record of his death you will notice the cause of death is blank. It was later amended  and reads as follows:

Register of Corrected Entries
Page 159. Register of Corrected Entries  for the Parish of Strichen in the county of Aberdeen. The following report of result of a precognition has been received  touching the death of Alexander Fraser, registered under entry 108 in the register book of death for the year 1905. Alexander Fraser, Labourer, Widowed. Male, 77 years. On March 3rd 1905 in South Tarwathie Cottage, Strichen. Usual Residence: South Tarwathie Cottage, aforesaid. Father was George Fraser a Farm Servant, mothers name was Mary Adams or Fraser. Cause of death, Suicide by cutting his Throat.

Surname Saturday: Gordon

1709 Baptism Record for George Gordon

Definition: A Scottish place name meaning "great hill." 
Surname Origin: Scots Gaelic 
Alternate Surname Spellings: GORDEN, GOURDEN, GOURDON
Gordon surname meaning: Translations come from the Gaelic, a Fierce Man, a Strong Man. Also Gordon in ancient Gaelic comes from round hill fort.

Patrick Gordon 8th great grandfather
    Birth :Unknown
    Death: Aug 1697 in Little Ardo, Methlick,Scotland

Wife: Unknown
Christen Gordon 1672 – 1672
Patrick Gordon 1674 – 1697*

Patrick Gordon 7th great grandfather
    Birth 24 Jan 1674 in Methlick Aberdeenshire Scotland
    Death Aug 1697 in Methlick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Wife: Unknown
Patrick Gordon  – 1747
James Gordon 1695 – 1700
Katherine Gordon 1698 –
Alexander Gordon 1701 –
John Gordon 1703 –
George Gordon 1709 – 1786*
George Gordon 6th great grandfather
    Birth 15 Mar 1709 in Little Ardo, Methlick,Scotland
    Death 01 Sep 1786 in Methlick,Aberdeenshire,Scotland

   Wife : Jean Marr 1707 – 1770
    Isobel Gordon 1735 – 1820*
    Twin Gordon 1735 –
    Elizabeth Gordon 1739 –
    Child Gordon 1741 –
    William Gordon 1745 – 

Isobel Gordon  5th great grandmother
    Birth 12 Mar 1735 in Meikle Ardo, Methlick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
    Death 15 Sept 1820 in Methlick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Husband: John Imlah 1726 – 1792